Anthony LaPaglia Changing Face

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Fri, 08/08/2003 - 03:52

Audiences will recognise Anthony LaPaglia as Daphne Moon’s slobbish, drunken brother Simon, from the long-running sitcom Frasier, the man responsible for one of the worst English accents since Dick Van Dyke cleaned chimneys in Mary Poppins. 

It seems like a typical example of American indifference to geographical nuances that they would give the role to an American. But LaPaglia is full of surprises.

Ang Lee Goes Green

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Mon, 07/07/2003 - 16:00

Paul Fischer: Will this movie be a challenge for the market? For the market or for me?

Ang Lee: I know it was for me.

Do you think people will be surprised by this movie?

Eric Bana Sees Green

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Fri, 06/20/2003 - 01:11

Stage 12 at Universal Studios is a long way from Melbourne, but sitting in this soundstage, Aussie Eric Bana is feeling relaxed. Sporting a slight beard and longish hair for the epic film Troy, which he is in the middle of shooting, the 34-year-old actor remains unconcerned at the level of stardom he may attain following the release of Hulk, this year’s anticipated Ang Lee - directed take on the classically dark comic strip.

Moore's Lore Re-evaluates US Gun Culture

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Thu, 06/19/2003 - 16:00

After Columbine, I just kind of had it. It seemed like back then there was like a school shooting a week, and I just thought: Oh, gees! I've got to do something with this!

Thus bombastic, talkative 48-year old Michael Moore started his investigation into America's dangerous obsession with guns.

Moore, who reveals in the feature-length documentary that he is a card-carrying member of the NRA, recalls starting off "with a sort of typical liberal view point, in that if only we had less guns and more gun control laws, we'd have
less violence."

Carrey Back To His Schtick

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 06/01/2003 - 12:51

Jim Carrey was full of energy when he met the press in a Los Angeles hotel recently. In good spirits, he seems to have forgotten the critical drubbing he received with the release of Bruce Almighty. 

Back in top comedic form in Bruce Almighty, here playing an ordinary guy suddenly endowed with the powers of God (played by a scene-stealing Morgan Freeman), Carrey knows exactly what he would do if he really had the power. 

Maggie Gyllenhaal on S&M Comedy Secretary

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Wed, 04/30/2003 - 21:16

Steven Shainberg’s black comedy Secretary was awarded a Special Jury Prize for "originality" at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The jury led by John Waters, revealed to Shainberg afterwards that they were intending to give him an award for ‘daring’ or ‘audacity’ but in the end ‘originality’ became the official term for a film that explores the sexual spanking games enjoyed by a lawyer boss and his only-too-willing secretary.

Singularly Olivia

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Mon, 04/28/2003 - 03:07

Beautiful Olivia Williams is having quite the year, but admits that had she not been discovered by Kevin Costner as his leading lady in The Postman, she would have given up acting ages ago.

"I think I would have stayed in the theatre, would have had a gradually dwindling career in that, would have given up acting at around 30 and then re-train to be a lawyer and I would now be happily married with two children and a slightly part-time divorce family law practice,” she says.